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The Qualities That Make SERVPRO Different 

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

Employees with hard hats talking to each other. Disaster strikes or accidents happen at the times we least expect and often when we are the least prepared.

As adults, we work hard in making sure that everything goes according to plan, but life certainly doesn’t always stick to the plan. Disaster strikes or accidents happen at the times we least expect and often when we are the least prepared.  

When things like this happen, our stress levels can increase dramatically. That’s when you can count on us. We help you deal with things that aren’t in your wheelhouse—disaster recovery is what we know best.  

24/7 Service  

We know that disaster doesn’t pick “business hours” to strike. That’s why we are standing by, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can spring into action as soon as you call. When a crisis calls, we don’t have to get ready; we stay ready.  

Fast and Efficient  

When a disaster strikes your home or business and you don’t get help promptly, it allows for more mold growth, more smoke smell or more water damage. Responding quickly is essential, and this is when it pays to have someone local on your side.  

Home or Business  

Disasters strike both homes and businesses. That’s why we offer custom solutions for any situation. We work to provide you the best services that you need in order to get your home or business back to “normal” operation.  

Making It "Like It Never Even Happened." 

We pride ourselves on seeing a restoration project to the end. We work hard to stay up to date on the most innovative training and equipment so that we can always provide you with the best service possible. We want you to be satisfied with your results, and we won’t stop until you are!  

Adaptive to Changes  

Life as we all knew it has dramatically changed, and disease prevention is valued now more than ever. Because we know this is now a huge part of business’ success, we offer cleaning services that go beyond traditional janitorial services. As a business you want to provide a customized clean so that your employees and customers know that you care for them.  

Stormy Season Is Here

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning in a dark sky. You must think safety-first when experiencing severe storms.

With the crazy heat, it’s safe to say that summer is here. While summer does bring beautiful, hot days, it’s also known to bring summer thunderstorms and related damage. While there is a saying that April showers bring May flowers, rain is actually even more common during the summer months.  

The moisture and warm air present during summer create ideal circumstances for summer storms. As you know, here locally, the summer months prove time and time again that storms happen more often. During these warmer months, our average precipitation jumps up by almost a full inch.  

Be Storm-Ready  

  • Even though storms are a common part of summer, you still have to consider each one as potentially dangerous. If you know that heavy storms are predicted, it’s important to stay aware and prepared should anything serious happen.  
  • You can listen to your local news and radio stations to stay up to date on weather information, but it is also smart to invest in an NOAA Weather radio so that if you lose power, you can still be in the know.  
  • During storms, it’s important to remember that there is always a possibility of flooding. If you know that flooding is likely, you should make arrangements to stay off the roads.  
  • When you encounter extreme storms, you also have a chance of taking on more damage to your home and vehicles. Make sure you are keeping up with lawn maintenance and taking precautions with yard art to ensure there is less debris that can be picked up by wind and water during a storm.  

Many people die every year from storm-related incidents, so you must think safety-first when experiencing severe storms. 

Preventing Water Damage in Your Home Starts Here

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Water leaking down walls from ceiling. There are several things you can do to reduce the opportunity for water damage.

The perks of owning your own home are great—after all, homeownership has also been referred to as the American dream. Along with all the good that homeownership brings, it also brings a lot of responsibility. Homes are built in a way to provide maximum protection from water intrusion. But sometimes, those methods fail. There are several things you can do to reduce the opportunity for water damage.  

First up, educate yourself about home systems that are designed to prevent water from entering your home. Here are some of the most common points of failure in a home that could allow water to go where it shouldn’t:  

  • Faucets and sinks. Faucets and sink are places to check for leaks. Over time, the rubber gaskets in faucets can degrade and begin to leak. Sink drains are usually sturdy unless you have a clog and use too much plunger pressure to remove it. Too much pressure from plunging can damage seals, so always use caution.  
  • Disposals. Garbage disposal is a great invention. But disposals are also one of the hardest working appliances, and they can spring a link. If you believe you have a leak, check out these tips for finding it.  
  • Gutters and downspouts. Gutters and downspouts should be clean and free flowing. They should be inspected regularly and cleared of obstructions and debris. Downspouts should move water at least 30 inches away from the home, and the soil should flow away from the home.  
  • Roof damage. Falling limbs from trees are a real risk to roof systems. They can perforate the roof and damage or clog gutters. Shingles are especially susceptible to falling tree damage. Newer shingles are designed and constructed to be impact-resistant, hopefully reducing the need for expensive roof repairs. But shingles degrade over time, and a falling tree or limb can easily damage an aged shingle.  
  • Sewer line obstruction. This is a serious issue and usually takes a professional plumber to resolve it. Sewer lines can clog for a number of reasons, but two of the most common are root intrusion and grease buildup.  
  • Sump pump defect. A sump pump is designed to move water from a basement or crawlspace to outside the home into a drainage system. There are a significant number of moving parts in a sump pump, so check out these tips for troubleshooting and repair.  

Staying on top of home systems that prevent water from intruding on your home should be a priority. If you can locate an “about to fail” component, you can save yourself time and money, not to mention stress.  

Fall Brings Changing Leaves...and Fire Hazards

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Bonfire in a field. Fall brings about hazards that we want to get you ready for.

With chillier evenings starting up, you can recognize that fall is right around the corner. 

Fall is some people’s favorite time of year—time for talks around campfires, tailgates, and holidays on the horizon. With that said, though, like every other season, fall brings about hazards that we want to get you ready for. So, curl up and give these safety tips a review. 

Campfire Safety 

When you go on a hike or you’re sitting in your backyard, something about a burning fire seems to make the night even more perfect. While some of these things might come as second nature, sometimes we need a simple reminder to bring safety tips to the forefront. 

Knowing where and how to build a campfire is step one. You should keep it away from anything flammable and only use dry wood. As you are trying to get it started, you should never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid. 

The last step is that once you are done enjoying the fire, you must make sure that your campfire has been completely extinguished. You can slowly douse it with a bucket of water to ensure that all embers have been put out. It doesn’t take much to help reignite a fire. 

Space Heaters 

When it becomes chilly in the evenings, sometimes it’s easier to use a portable space heater to warm your area rather than turning on your heater. But space heaters are a common cause for house fires in the fall and winter, so before using one, refresh your memory on the safety tips. 

When using a space heater, first and foremost, it’s important to make sure you keep it on a level surface. While most heaters now come equipped with an automatic shutoff capability in case of a tip-over, you still can’t be too safe. 

Keep it up and out of the way of heavy traffic areas, making sure to keep in on something level and steady so that it can’t be knocked over. 

Halloween 

Fall festivities and the holidays are right around the corner. The best part of fall and the holidays is decorating your home so that you can help get yourself in a more festive mood, or to help others feel welcome. 

But when decorating, it’s best to remember that candles, costumes or décor are all potential fire hazards. It’s smart to stay attentive to your décor when you are putting it out, but also throughout the season. 

Commercial Biohazard

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Technicians in Tyvek suits with chemical sprayers. Any type of exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose some serious health threats and consequences.

At SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor, we understand that any type of exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose some serious health threats and consequences. In a commercial setting, any type of sewage backup, blood cleanup or even chemical spill can place YOU and all the occupants of the area at risk. Upon recognizing the situation, your primary focus should be safety. If you ever have a biohazard, follow these tips to keep you and everyone in your commercial building safe.  

What to Do After a Contamination  

  • Stay out of affected areas.  
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.  
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.  
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.  

What Not to Do After a Contamination  

  • Do not leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.  
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.  
  • Do not use your household vacuum to remove water.  
  • Do not use television or other household appliances.  
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.  

Whether it is blood, fluids, or tissue, our technicians have the tools and equipment to detect every spot, splatter, or shard. Biohazard cleanups are the hardest cleanup sites we face as industry experts. But rest assured that when SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor has completed the cleaning, your property will be restored to a safe and healthy environment. 

Floods Strike Everywhere

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded road. Floods ranks as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.

Floods ranks as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. In fact, nearly 25% of last year’s claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities. According the NFIP, houses in the United States have a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage, while businesses face similar risks by flooding. On average, flood cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. The following are a few more little-known flood facts:  

  • Flood kills an average of 140 people per year in the U.S. making flooding the deadliest disaster.  
  • More than half of all fatalities during floods are auto related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current.  
  • The principle causes of floods in the eastern United States are hurricanes and storms.  
  • The principle causes of floods in the western United States are snowmelt and rainstorms.  
  • Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash flood – especially at night, when it is difficult to see.  

With over 45 years of experience, SERVPRO has restored flood-damaged homes and businesses from coast to coast. Our Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and the highest flood waters. 

SERVPRO Insider – July 2022

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

Front page of newsletter. Our newest quarterly newsletter is here!

Our newest quarterly newsletter is here! The SERVPRO Insider gives an inside look at what SERVPRO Team Miller has been up to!   

In this issue, it’s storm season! We’re highlighting all of the storm response services that SERVPRO offers including board-ups, roof tarping, and restoring storm damaged contents. 

Get an inside look at one of our fire restoration projects, learn how to prepare your home and family for tornadoes, and read up on some tips on how you can grill safely this summer without causing unwanted fire emergencies. And take a peep at our office dog, Buddy and his tips to protect your furry friends from summer suffering! 

Each newsletter comes with a special feature on the services that SERVPRO offers. The service of this quarter: Storm Response. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither does SERVPRO. Our team will respond day or night to assist with any wind damage, flooding, tornado, hurricane, or blizzard. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 

If you’d like to subscribe to receive our full quarterly newsletters, send us a request at marketing@rdmhc.com

Keep Up with Your Business Carpet Cleaning

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

Carpet being cleaned. Cleaning your carpets at least twice a year can help preserve the life of your carpets.

Being a local independently owned franchise, we understand the challenges of owning a small business. Keeping a commercial space clean can be a big challenge but it needs to be done. First impressions are very important, and you don't want to turn customers off because your store has filthy carpets. Nobody wants to eat in a restaurant that has dirty carpets or upholstery or see years’ worth of stains. 

We can take care of those things for you. Cleaning your carpets at least twice a year can help preserve the life of your carpets and keep your building looking clean and smelling fresh. We have cleaned several businesses throughout the local area already. Churches, nursing homes, senior living communities, and apartment complexes use us regularly to keep the carpets in their property looking nice and you should too! Call us for a commercial carpet cleaning today at 734-992-3138. 

We Cover All Your Commercial Needs

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician spraying disinfectant. When you need a commercial job done right and done fast, call SERVPRO.

Ever wonder what SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor can do for your commercial business? No matter the disaster, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”  

  • Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration - Pretesting helps SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor determine what type of fire has taken place. Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.  
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification - Our franchise professionals identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action. Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.  
  • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup - Our franchise technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.  
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation - SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor works to control and remediate mold contaminants while protecting your health and safety.  

When you need a commercial job done right and done fast, call SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor at 734-992-3138. 

Easy Tips to Remember When Sudden Storms Start Up

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

Dark storm clouds over a landscape. Storms can pop up suddenly when the heat and humidity begin to rise, creating a dangerous environment with little notice.

When you are having fun and enjoying summer, a sudden storm may seem impossible when the skies are clear. However, storms can pop up suddenly when the heat and humidity begin to rise, creating a dangerous environment with little notice.  

Because these storms can catch you at inopportune times, we have put together some quick tips for storm safety anywhere you go.  

Quick Tips for Storm Safety Anywhere You Go  

  • Know your options for shelter. If an alert about severe weather is issued and you can get home quickly, that is your best option for seeking shelter. However, if you are out and about, turning your car into a storm shelter is actually the next best thing you can do to stay safe. Pull over safely, turn off the engine and avoid coming into contact with any metal surfaces as you wait it out.  
  • Practice electrical safety. When lightning strikes a structure, it is looking for the easiest route to get to the ground—which is oftentimes the electrical system. As the current travels through these wires, the charge can transfer to any electronic that is plugged in, potentially ruining it. If you are in a building and a storm is on the way, you can unplug everything to be as safe as possible, and in general, it is best to use surge protectors on every outlet.  
  • Avoid direct contact with concrete. Concrete structures are so sturdy in part because of how they are built. As concrete is poured around metal, it creates a great structure—but also causes a concern if there is lightning nearby. The metal in concrete can disperse electricity if the building is struck by lightning, so avoid touching these surfaces directly if possible.  
  • Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When summer activities are interrupted by severe weather, getting back to the fun is a high priority. Because of how far lightning can travel from the storm’s center, it is best to exercise caution. After the thunder starts to wane, set a 30-minute timer and reset it with every thunderclap, making sure it goes off before you go back outside.  

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on SERVPRO to help. Give us a call at 734-992-3138 to learn more about our storm restoration process.